House of Austrian History

Vienna
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Photo © hdgö & BWM Architekten
Architects
BWM Architekten
Address
Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna
Year
2018
Client
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Team
Johann Moser, Anke Stern, Magdalena Geppl, Sanja Utech, Irina Koerdt
Tender
Bubeleichhorn ZT GmbH, Oliver Eichhorn
Lighting design
fourth minute light design, Phiilipp Metternich
Electrical planning
Vasko und Partner, Rene Thot
Acoustic planning
Hamp-Armbruster Bauphysik OG
Fire safety planning
brandRat ZT GmbH
Graphic design
Fuhrer Visuelle Gestaltung OEG, Stefan Fuhrer
Media planning
cat-x exhibitions Prix KG
Site supervision
Danzinger ZT & Ingenieure, Michael Aue

Architecture, exhibition design and partial general planning for House of Austrian History (hdgö).

As the winner of an EU-wide competition, BWM Architekten were responsible for the architectural design of the House of Austrian History on the Heldenplatz. The concept evolved from the interplay between the imposing imperial spaces on the one hand and the contemporary history presented in the museum on the other. The historical architecture is first underlined by the design of the grand staircase, then it is utilised as a narrative background in the first exhibition room, and finally completely faded out in the modern history laboratory – a neutral space, entirely in white, intended to promote the development of new, contemporary perspectives. The exhibition “Aufbruch ins Ungewisse – Österreich seit 1918” (Into the Unknown – Austria Since 1918) presents 100 years of history on an area of 750m2.

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